The newest addition to the landscape of The Holden Arboretum, the 4.5 acre Eliot and Linda Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden allows visitors to learn more about this beautiful landscape plant as they stroll down the winding paths designed by MTR Landscape Architects and constructed by Vizmeg Inc. of Stow, past beds planted by Holden's team of horticulturists.
Within the garden, visitors can learn more about the Heath family, which includes rhododendrons, azaleas, mountain laurel and blueberries. Garden interpretation also explores the important roll hybridizers from Northeast Ohio in the introduction of new hybrids to the market and the best ways to care for rhododendrons at home.
This is the first new garden to open at Holden since the completion of the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden in 2003 and is part of Holden's core development plan, funded by the New Leaf Campaign.
Leading to the garden is the new R. Henry Norweb Jr. Tree Allée, lined with paperbark hazels, swamp white oaks, American elms, flowering dogwoods and serviceberry trees. The Norweb Tree Allée starts at the southeast corner of the Display Garden, where visitors will discovery two larger than life granite acorns at that base of a trio of towering oaks. The beautiful acorn sculptures were created by artist William Royall, the son-in-law of the late R. Henry Norweb.
After strolling the length of the Norweb Tree Allée and exploring the Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden, visitors will find themselves in the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden, which features a display of rhododendrons and azaleas under a high canopy of trees.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Holden's newest garden, which will continue to evolve as the plants mature.
The pergola in the Eliot and Linda Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden.